House GOP wants more Atlantic leases in offshore drilling plan

April 16, 2015 1:22 PM

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House GOP wants more Atlantic leases in offshore drilling plan

The U.S. Interior Department released a draft proposal in January for access to federal waters for exploration and drilling. While an Atlantic Ocean area was included for the first time, the proposal was met with frustration by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as the proposal came on the heels of the closure of parts of Alaska's wilderness area to energy companies.

"The Obama Administration often touts that it is committed to promoting oil and gas production on federal lands, including the Outer Continental Shelf," said Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn, R-Colo. "However their draft five year lease plan contains the lowest number ...

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